But Apollo made Toula wise, and the ugly duckling realizes that the only way to escape her loving but smothering family is to transform herself into a swan. She changes her look, and takes college classes in computers — growing more confident each day. With her mother's crafty help, she's allowed to work in her aunt's travel agency ... and that's where fate finds her.
Ian Miller is handsome, intelligent and charming and is instantly attracted to Toula's strength and infectious humour. He possesses, however, one extraordinary fault; he's not Greek As her romance blossoms, Toula tries to hide him from her parents, grandparents and dozens of cousins — and them from him.
Once the truth comes out, the overbearing Portokalos family descends on Ian, teaching him the ways of "the world's greatest civilization." With his proper, staid upbringing, he's a fish out of water amidst the laughter, love and joys his in-laws display. Nothing, however — not the crazy grandmother, the dancing on tables, or the ever-flowing Ouzo can prepare him for the Big, Fat, Greek wedding that awaits him once love conquers all.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Joel Zwick
Written by: Nia Vardalos
Produced by: Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman
Main Cast: Nia Vardalos (Toula Portakalos), John Corbett (Ian Miller)
Nominations and Awards
- Screen International Award (for a non-European film) 2002